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The 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards announced

The 2016 New Zealand Architecture Awards were announced at an event in Wellington on Friday 11 November.

Twenty-eight buildings and structures have won honours in the leading architectural awards programme, which recognises the best work across all the types of projects designed by New Zealand’s architects.

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Otara vs Remuera Case Study

Case study  Remuera vs Otara The Great Property Debate: Cash flow vs Capital Growth Property investor compares investment returns Tyson is a property investor, looking at investing in the Auckland market. He has been told by his parents that he should ‘buy the worst house in the best area, and only invest where he would […]

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The Cost of Renting Versus Owning

In 2012, the media focused on the comments of an economist, Shamubeel Eaqub, who is well documented for being anti-property. Bear in mind the media likes to present two sides to a story – the counter point in the property debate so – Mr Eaqub fits the ticket for anything related to property bashing. Of […]

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The Cost of Renting Versions Owning

In 2012, the media focused on the comments of an economist, Shamubeel Eaqub, who is well documented for being anti-property. Bear in mind the media likes to present two sides to a story – the counter point in the property debate so – Mr Eaqub fits the ticket for anything related to property bashing. Of […]

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My New Book: Tax Structures 101

I have some great news to share with you that will help you make headway with protecting your property investments and making sure you pay the least amount of tax, legally of course.   After many months of working day and night, my new book ‘Tax Structures 101’ is now available to purchase by going to […]

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Vendor Thinking Outside the Box

Putting your house up for sale can be stressful. More so if you believe it’s a buyers market. A buyers market results in properties taking a bit longer to sell. Of course exactly how long a property takes to sell is not known. Statistics can give a reasonable indication of the number of days to […]

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Property Market is Heading into Winter

The OCR increases we are now getting back to grips with may well be the tipping point for the whole property cycle to begin its turn again. And there is some cinnamon to add… Anecdotally it sort of feels like the market is transitioning back to the buyers rather than the sellers. In the Auckland […]

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Is Buying A House A Good Decision?

Auckland’s median house price has gone from $500,000 to $637,000 – that’s not a bad capital gain in just two years and of course many areas of Auckland are far exceeding that.   I wonder what other asset class would return such healthy capital gains in New Zealand? While it’s true we’re not to rely […]

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Conquer Your Clutter at Home

It’s kind of like working out — you’ll be impressed by what a few minutes a few times a week can eventually build up to. Tackling a messy home isn’t easy — but especially when you’re renting or leasing, you never know when some minor emergency will have the landlord handing you a 48-hour entry notice.

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Is NZ’s Growth expected to continue

Only a few weeks ago I presented on stage with Tony Alexander (BNZ Chief Economist) about the forecast for the New Zealand economy in 2014.  (See my full presentation here).  The word on the ground is that 2014 is going to be an epic year, and in general the feeling is one of enthusiasm. The […]

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A Winning Combo For Green Door Real Estate

With the recent news Green Door Real Estate has opened on the North Shore it’s timely to reflect on why this Real Estate group is doing so well. Green Door Real Estate essentially fills a gap in the market with its two pronged property marketing strategy.  The two strategies are private sale and low agency […]

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New Reserve Bank Lending Rules for Five or More Rentals

Did everyone catch the NZ  Reserve Bank announcement today that investors with 5 or more rental properties will be required to be treated commercially by banks?   Apparently we must be treated as small business owners in risk profile and higher costs for credit paid.  Higher interest rates and potentially lower LVR ratios are possible. […]

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